(last updated January 2021)
On 1 January 2021, the national fuel emissions trading system (nationaler Emissionshandel – “nEHS”) will start in Germany. The nEHS is designed as a supplement to the European emissions trading system (“EUETS”)
and will introduce a CO2 price for emissions from the heating and transport sector. The legal basis for the nEHS the Fuel Emission Trading Act (Brennstoffemissionshandelsgesetz – “BEHG”). However, many questions concerning the execution of the nEHS are still unresolved and important legal regulations for implementation have not yet been adopted. What can be said with certainty is that the energy industry and consumers will have to bear considerable additional costs, whereby the allocation of such costs is still unclear in many cases. Affected companies should prepare themselves in time.
In this paper Andreas Metschke (Axpo Deutschland GmbH) and Dr. Tobias Woltering describe the key points of the nEHS and deal with the following questions: